President Obama announced today that he will keep U.S. forces in Afghanistan at the current level of about 10,000 troops until the end of the year, delaying a planned drawdown in response to requests from Afghan leaders and U.S. military officials.
Obama spoke during press conference with Afghan President Ghani.
It’s nice to see the president taking steps to counter the establishment of yet another arena for Islamist mayhem and potential terrorist attacks against the United States. So it’s a good decision.
But Obama remains determined to withdraw all U.S. troops by the end of his presidency, which would probably be a mistake. And let’s hope he doesn’t really believe what he says about the Taliban:
Afghanistan and the United States agree on what the Taliban must do, which is break with al Qaeda, renounce violence, and abide by Afghan laws, including protections for women and minorities.
I mean, the president already thinks he can make a strategic ally out of the Iranians. The Taliban will die before they accustom themselves to civilized behavior. They need to be defeated, not given courses in citizenship.